Application Instructions

All applications are to be submitted to the Enrichment Programs office in Rowe 419


The University Scholar Application consists of  five parts (listed below).  This page provides section-by-section advice for preparing an application. Be sure to begin work on your proposal well in advance of the deadline to give yourself ample time to receive feedback from your advisors and revise your proposal.

1. Application Cover Sheet

You must complete all fields of the Application Cover Sheet.

  • Be sure you obtain the dated signatures of the three faculty members who have agreed to serve on your advisory committee.

2. Project Proposal

The project proposal may be a maximum of 7 pages (one inch margins, 12 point font, double-spaced). Recommended page lengths for each of the proposal sections are listed below; these will vary from discipline to discipline.

  • Field of Interest, Statement of Problem, Deliverables (one double-spaced page)
    • Describe the academic or creative field that you will pursue.
    • Describe the problem/question/issue/project you intend to focus on and why it is important. Indicate why you are interested in this problem and how you plan to use your enriched knowledge of the field upon completion of your degree.
    • Briefly describe the deliverable you intend to produce as a result of your efforts, e.g. scholarly essay, website, work of art, professional journal publication, conference presentation, etc.
  • Review of Literature (1-2 double spaced pages)
    • Provide a review of the scholarly literature that relates to the field and problem/question/issue you intend to study.
    • Cite appropriate foundational sources and show how your project’s outcome will contribute to knowledge in that field.
  • Methods (1-2 double spaced pages)
    • Describe the theoretical framework for your project. Describe the steps you will take to conduct your University Scholar project. Use enough detail to allow the committee to evaluate the quality and feasibility of the project/research. Include the specific methods by which you will carry out the research/project. In hypothesis-driven fields of inquiry, clearly state your hypothesis.
    • For projects that include data collection and analysis, provide specific details on how this will be done. If you intend to conduct surveys or interviews, please attach an appendix to your proposal with sample questions.
    • For humanities fields, state what theoretical approach (method) you take toward your evidence, and why you believe this approach is particularly appropriate for your scholarly project. That is, explain what your chosen approach helps you to achieve that you could not achieve by taking an alternative approach. Be sure to provide definitions of key theoretical terms.
    • If resources are needed (such as access to a laboratory, organization, funding, performance space), you must explain your plans to acquire these resources.
    • If your research requires Institutional Review Board approval, state how you will obtain permission to conduct your research after reviewing and discussing with your faculty advisors the information regarding University IRB policy.
  • References (1 – 2 single spaced pages)
    • Include a list of the works cited in your proposal in a format appropriate to your academic discipline and from suitable scholarly resources.
    • You may use a bibliography, footnotes, or other suitable methods of citation.
    • If you are in the humanities and social sciences, include a second reference list of “significant work in the field” in addition to the “works cited.” (This may be in addition to the 7-page maximum.)
    • If you are in the arts, you may include visual materials (e.g. website with your work)

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3. Plan of Study

The plan of study consists of three parts.

  1. Plan of Study Discussion (1 double-spaced page)
    • Explain how your proposed Plan of Study will enable you to obtain the knowledge and expertise you need to complete your University Scholar Project.
    • Discuss how the Plan of Study will lead to increased rigor in your curriculum.
    • Discuss how you plan to address any relevant gaps in your knowledge.
    • Explain any lapses in academic performance.
  2. Plan of Study Comparison Form
    • Fill in your standard plan of study on the left and your proposed University Scholar plan of study on the right. Please list department, course number, course title, and credits.
  3. Requirement Substitution Request Form
    • Students who have not completed all of their General Education requirements may substitute courses pertinent to their Plans of Study for General Education courses. Substituted courses should be in the same general field as the General Education requirement.
    • You may propose graduate, advanced, and appropriate related courses as substitutions for major requirements. If you plan to substitute selected courses, explain how the proposed substitutions will further the objectives of your University Scholar Project.
    • Students in majors requiring certification or accreditation (e.g. ENGR, NURS, NEAG), should consult with their school or colleges to ensure compliance.

4. University Scholar Faculty Evaluation Form

  • The faculty member who serves as chair of your advisory committee must complete the faculty evaluation form assessing the quality of the proposal and feasibility of the plan of study and project.
  • The form should be signed and returned in a sealed and signed envelope to the student for submission with the remainder of the application by the deadline.

5. An official copy of your transcript

  • You can obtain a copy of your transcript from the Registrar’s office. Please submit it in a signed, sealed envelope with your application. If you are a transfer student, please also submit a copy of your transcript from your previous institution(s).

Questions may be directed to Dr. Monica van Beusekom (Rowe 402 | (860) 486-0324)